[LATEST UPDATE: 21/5/2021] This post features links to the latest news about music education. It focuses mainly on the UK currently, and is categorised according to country. You can also visit our other pages on the latest reports, resources, campaigns and opinion articles. These pages are updated each time we add news about music in schools.
UK news (per country)
Music education news & reports (latest update 17/4/2021) – Alba / Scotland
Music education news & reports (latest update 10/3/2021) – Cymru / Wales
Music education news & reports (latest update 7/5/2021) – England
Music education news & reports (latest update 21/5/2021) – Northern Ireland
Practising a musical instrument is good for your mental health, July 2020
A poll of 2,000 UK adults who play an instrument found a staggering 89 per cent think playing music keeps them mentally balanced.
Brexit’s chilling threat to the music and creative industries, February 2020
Adam Behr on the chilling effect the government’s Brexit and immigration policies are now having on the UK’s music scene.
Officials call Brexit “a disaster for the British music scene”, February 2020
Post-Brexit immigration “will cut the legs off the bottom half of the music industry,” under a new points-based system to be introduced in 2021.
The UK music industry boosts our economy and our wellbeing, January 2020
More must be done to protect grassroots venues, nurture the talent pipeline and ensure British talent isn’t stifled by the impact of Brexit, writes Conor McGinn MP.
Value of UK music rises to £5.2bn despite Brexit fears, November 2019
Employment hits an all-time high and Britney Spears delivers a boost to the Yorkshire and Humber economy.
Creativity ‘undervalued’ in music education, October 2019
System offers ‘no consistent progression routes’ for young composers, putting future of profession at risk, new survey suggests.
BBC launches music education campaign, September 2019
Bring the Noise is designed to inspire children to become musicians and discover the joys of music making.
New PM must support UK music industry and music education, July 2019
UK Music CEO, Michael Dugher, calls on the new PM to take swift action on a range of challenges facing the UK music industry.
Why the crisis in music education is a crisis for all, February 2019
Music teaching’s an easy target and first for the chop when budgets are squeezed. We investigate a misguided approach that will have catastrophic consequences for our culture.
Research figures – related
Teaching music in school ‘ticking boxes’ as numbers fall in Wales, November 2018
The number of pupils in Wales studying music at A-level has halved in 10 years while GCSE entries have seen a 40% drop.
Drop in pupils getting music tuition in Scottish schools, November 2018
The number of children receiving musical instrument tuition in Scotland’s schools has dropped by more than 1,200 over the past year.
Music disappearing from curriculum in England, October 2018
Fewer schools in England offering subject at A-level and fewer pupils taking it at GCSE.
Is EBacc affecting what students study at GCSE and A-level in England?, August 2018
Since 2013, the number of A-level entries in arts subjects in England, which include drama, music and art, has fallen by 14,000, almost 15%. While, entries in Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – have increased by 15,500, 6%.
Arts slashed as core subjects take over in England, August 2018
Latest figures for 2017 show that the time spent teaching music is down 11% at KS3, and 12% at KS4.
Music A-level “in danger of disappearing from England’s state schools”, August 2018
The sharp warning from the Association of School and College Leaders comes as A-level data in England reveals the decline in entries for arts subjects has doubled in speed since last year.
Other news articles
Govt sets deadline to make South Australia the nation’s leader in music education, November 2018
South Australian schools will lead the nation in music education by 2029 under a State Government plan to reverse what teachers say has been as a gradual slipping of SA’s standing.
Chancellor urged to ‘urgently review’ music education, October 2018
Warning that the decline of music in schools could jeopardise the UK’s multi-billion-pound music industry.
Music education hubs in England struggle to attract older pupils, October 2018
The drop in those aged 14 to 18 was revealed in a report on English music education hubs by Birmingham City University.
How to improve school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it
The story that broke about music teacher Jimmy Rotheram, head Naveed Idrees and Feversham Primary’s journey from special measures to being in the top 10% nationally.
News consortium forms to address crisis in music education
It features four of the UK’s main access-to-music organisations – Creative United, OHMI, Drake Music and OpenUp Music – who want to make musical instruments more widely available to aspiring young musicians – particularly to disabled people.